March 16, 2010

Census 2010

I was so excited today when I opened my mailbox and discovered that my Census 2010 form was inside!

I can fondly remember taking my time to fill out my first census in 2000 as I knew a researcher down the road might, in fact, look me up and see what my answers were. And since I only received the "Short Form" in the mail, I also printed the "Long Form" from the Census Bureau, filled that out, and filed it in my own personal genealogy files.

I was somewhat disappointed to learn today that the 2010 census is only going to be offered on the "Short Form." For the first time in history, there is no "Long Form." Instead, it's been replaced by the American Community Survey which is continuously and randomly sent out to American citizens. I'd like to figure out how to download this form so I can fill it out for my own genealogy files.

I laugh at myself at how excited I get about this bit of government bureaucracy. And you better believe I will once again sit down and take my time filling out my form. I just enjoy taking part in something that has occurred every 10 years since 1790 when Thomas Jefferson himself was the chief administrator. How cool is that?

© 2010, copyright Chris Odom

March 05, 2010

Back to Blogging

Looking back over the last year, I never was able to really get going on genealogy blogging. I was using a PC prior to June, so I was able to use Windows Live Writer, but when I got my Mac, I lost that ability.

Up until today, I've been trying to figure out the best way to blog on the Mac. But because of a GREAT online deal, I discovered Blogo the other day. This is my first official post with it and I LOVE it!

Now that I have this in place, I'm renewing my vow to use this medium to work on my genealogy, just in time for my first blogiversary this month. Does anyone have any tips for someone trying to really get in a habit of blogging about genealogy?

Creative Commons License This work by Chris Odom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.